2014: St. Augustine Goes Intersectional

With Frank Buncom IV leading the defense and explosive running back Elijah Preston propelling the offense, St. Augustine might have more good players than last season’s 11-2 team but could be hard pressed proving it.

The Saints have stayed close to home for most of  the San Diego Section’s first 54 years, but they’re stepping out this season, with road games at  legendary Los Angeles Loyola and Riverside County power Vista Murrieta.

Not to mention their annual roll in the dirt with Eastern League rival Cathedral.

The Saints have played 12 intersectional games since they attained membership in the San Diego City Prep League in 1957 and  nine since the San Diego Section was formed in 1960.

The Saints had played eight such out-of-the-area games  from 1951-56 and from 1945-50 they were members of the far-flung Southland Catholic League, competing against Los Angeles-area schools.

Their last foray against a team from outside San Diego County was a home-and-home series with Anaheim Servite, losing, 37-14, on the road  in 2005 and 23-0 at Southwestern College in 2006.

Loyola officials announced that they are bringing in extra bleachers and lights for the game with the Saints Sept. 12, marking the first after-dark home contest in school history and the first home game since 1949.

The Cubs’ home field for years has been at Los Angeles Valley College in Van Nuys.

St. Augustine played an afternoon league game at Loyola in 1949, losing, 28-6.

A video profile of the 2014 Loyola squad by Los Angeles Times writer Eric Sondheimer can be accessed by connecting to the link below.

Football: Loyola Coach Marvin Sanders is feeling comfortable

The Saints’ intersectional history and record of 7-12-1 since leaving the Southland Catholic League after the 1950 season (games against Imperial Valley teams since 2000 not listed, as they now are in San Diego section):

1951 at El Centro Central 0-13
1952 Culver City 14-6
L.A. Mt.  Carmel 12-25
1953 San Gabriel Mission 33-0
Lawndale Leuzinger 13-0
1954 at Long Beach St. Anthony 0-6
1956 at Yuma, Arizona 7-20
at Pomona Catholic 6-6
1957 at Torrance 26-6
1958 L.A. Mt. Carmel 6-40
1959 Brawley 31-7
at Gardena Serra 12-7
1960 at Redlands 6-34
1965 at Santa Barbara 7-34
1974 at Santa Barbara 18-31
1987 L.A. Salesian 7-6
1995 at Rancho Santa Margarita 6-28
1996 Rancho Santa Margarita 7-27
2005 at Anaheim Servite 0-23
2006 Anaheim Servite 14-37
Record: 7-12-1.
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2 Responses to 2014: St. Augustine Goes Intersectional

  1. alan segal says:

    Would like to find any articles on George Clause. He went to St Augustine High school in 1959, 1960 era. He starred in football and track. In football he was all CIF and track ran a 9.8 100 yard dash. He is ill now and I would like to show him the articles.

    • Rick says:

      I don’t have any specific articles on George but remember him as one of coach Tom Carter’s most-valuable players as the Saints were emerging in the 1958 and ’59 seasons, earning the grudging respect of Eastern League schools, which for years wouldn’t share a circuit membership with the with St. Augustine. George scored 8 touchdowns and 51 points for the 7-2 team of ’58 and was the league’s second highest scorer with 11 touchdowns and 66 points for the 7-0-2 team of ’59. The ’59 squad tied San Diego, 12-12, in a memorable game that proved the Saints could go toe to toe with the Cavers, who for years either had punched them in the mouth or ignored the Saints.

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